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Tomb Raider  : A Total Blast
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Friday, March 9, 2018
Thriller
Roar Uthaug
Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu. Lara Croft,

Even before you can say, ‘Get, set…’, the action’s ready for take-off and stays constant.

 

The Crofts are crazy. Dad Richard puts his taste for adventure over his vast empire. Business deals and boardroom meetings were never quite his calling.  

 

His daughter pretty much grows up the same way, headstrong, reckless, brave. With guardian Ana looking after the Croft empire more than her, little Lara learns to be a fighter. Literally, actually, as she’s a pugilist and unafraid of blows.

 

Lara leading a fox hunt on cycles through the roads of London just to make 600 quid is a fun ride. It’s witty for a while, enjoy that, before it gets gritty and mushy which is enjoyable too but with comes with a different set of emotions.

 

Director Roar Uthaug chooses Japanese Queen Himiko’s tomb on a devilish island in stormy waters off Japan for the ultimate adventure.

 

Dad Richard’s been away for seven years, even the Tokyo police have given up looking for him.  Lara may not have grabbed her dad’s inheritance but she can’t shake off the reckless bravery inherent in her genes as she sets off for the lost island of Yamati on her father’s trail.

 

There’s adventure around every corner even when she lands in Hong Kong to look for Lu Ren, mentioned by her father in his secret papers. Finding Lu and teaming with the drunken sailor is another breathless joy ride.

 

Until they reach battered but alive on Yamati. Only to encounter near-death again at the hands of killer Mathias Vogel and the company that wants the power of Himiko.

 

A set piece against breaking wreckage over sure-death rapids is dizzy and not for those prone to vertigo.  

 

Be ready for an onslaught of all the Tomb Raider tropes of creepiness, crumbling ruins, puzzles and secrets and death lurking around. But Geneva and Alastair’s screenplay packs in dollops of daddy-daughter moments too in less than two hours.

 

The discovery of the real secret of Queen Himiko and the long final climax with bursts of fierceness and blasts of fire has all the thrill of the franchise. The wrap-up with Lara Croft making a discovery that calls for a new responsibility, a new adventure is just what the audience needs to go back home with.

 

It may be sacrilege but I didn’t miss Angelina Jolie even for a second as trim and pretty Alicia Vikander makes it seem like Lara Croft was crafted for her. Daniel Wu as Lu Ren makes the cast look a little more interesting than it is would’ve been with the usual Caucasian faces.

 

For an adventure where the adrenaline rush is high, Tomb Raider gets a 3.5* rating.

 

Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Senior Journalist & Author

 

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